Thursday, April 4, 2013

Sight, Trust, and Faith

One of the blessings of having some extra time now is that I have been able to attend Bible Studies at church.  Tracey and I have been in the same large group for studies for two years now, but this is the first semester I have had the privilege of being in the small discussion group with her.  God has used Tracey to open my eyes about His Word and what He is doing.  
When Tracey was in her early twenties, she went totally blind.  So each week she is escorted by her Seeing Eye dog to Bible Study.  It is amazing to watch the two of them get to where they need to be.  Since I am directionally challenged, and usually go by what store or other landmark is where I need to turn, you can imagine the fascination with what they do.  Tracey has to have faith that Emerald is going to guide and protect her from running into closed doors, obstacles or people that are around them; keep her away from danger, guide her on stairs, curbs, sidewalks; successfully get them to where they need to be; and generally be her eyes.  They are quite a pair.
I have also been challenged and encouraged to “see” the scriptures like Tracey does.  Tracey listens to the scriptures and study with the computer.  In discussion time, she often asks what we think something would look like.  “Would the feathers have gold in them?”  Her questions and insights have given me a new perspective on how I read God’s Word.  What do I need to be looking for?  What things do I need to see in a new, different, or more detailed way?

I, too, want to have complete trust and faith in Jesus as he leads me, even when I may not see exactly where we are going.  Knowing that he is with me, loves me, and wants the best for me helps me know he is the best to guide me.  I also want to have 20/20 vision with my eyes, heart, and mind.

Open my eyes that I may see
wonderful things in your law. 

Psalm 119:18

The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,

he refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths
for his name’s sake.

Psalm 23:1-3

Guide me in your truth and teach me,
for you are God my Savior,

and my hope is in you all day long.
Psalm 25:5

He guides the humble in what is right
and teaches them his way.

Psalm 25:9

Since you are my rock and fortress,
for the sake of your name lead me.
Psalm 31:3

You guide me with your counsel,
and afterward you will take me into glory.
Psalm 73:24



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